Road-focused KTM 890 Adventure S sports tourer in the works

A new middle-weight sport tourer is heading this way from Austria, as a possible KTM 890 Adventure S is in development

890 Adventure Visordown Review

IF you’ve ever wondered what happens if you cross an 890 Duke with an 890 Adventure, wonder no more. Austrian brand KTM is working on just such a bike, as KTM 890 Adventure S is in development.

The bike seems to blend the best bits of KTM’s class-leading middleweight adventure bike, with the sporty stance and wheel set up of the 890 Duke R. Whether or not it will land officially be called an 890 Adventure S of GT is still unknown, it’s clear from the outset though, this will be a very different machine to ride.

Aesthetically, the new features a revised and more expansive front end, with a larger front fairing opening that seems to show more of the bike’s radiator. The more road-biased machine also loses its beak, instead it's wearing a low-level front mudguard as found on the 890 Duke naked.

The new bike places KTM in an interesting place in the market, seeing it take on the hoard of long-legged yet road-focused adventure motorcycles like the Yamaha Tracer 900 and Niken, BMW F900XR, and Ducati Multistrada. It’s a prospect made all the more interesting when you consider that KTM is already working on an 890 Duke GT, a kind of baby Super Duke GT for the masses. This inter-manufacturer battle of sporty tourers will be an interesting one to follow. With adventure-style motorcycles being the way many consumers are going when looking for a true all-rounder, it’ll be fascinating to see how well the proposed 890 GT holds up against its long-legged sibling.

KTM 890 Adventure and KTM 890 Adventure R review 2021 | On and Off-Road Review

KTM 890 Adventure and KTM 890 Adventure R review 2021 | On and Off-Road Review